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Information for Faculty and Instructors

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Research support

  • Contact your subject librarian - Specific librarians are designated to support each academic department and program, and serve as the first point of contact for all research and teaching related inquiries.
  • Designate a proxy user - Faculty may authorize a research assistant(s) as a proxy to check out library materials on their library account. New proxy cards are generally available the next business day at noon. Pre-existing proxy cards may be renewed using the same online form and are also available the next business day at noon. Please note that as we are no longer accepting paper proxy request forms, the online form must be used.
  • Data Purchase Program - The Library is accepting applications for a program to acquire data sets (through purchase or licensing) to support campus research needs.

Teaching support

  • Course reserves - Faculty and instructors may place print course materials that are expected to be in high demand or that require special security in a library's reserve section.
  • Course Readings in bCourses - Get help locating and setting up electronic reserves for your course bCourses site.
  • Guide to Copyright & bCourses - A guide to help instructors answer the question 'Can I post this content to my bCourse site?'
  • Add Library Guides to bCourses - Learn how to add links to specific library guides in the course navigation section of bCourses course or project sites.
  • Instruction Services - The Library offers instruction on library research for undergraduates and graduate students, tailored to courses, assignments and students' research topics, both in-person and online. Have a librarian meet with your class.
  • To arrange library instruction in science, engineering, and graduate level courses in humanities and the social sciences, contact your subject librarian.
  • Designing Effective Library Assignments - Suggestions and example assignments to help teach students to navigate the academic research process.
  • Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research - Faculty in all disciplines should encourage undergraduate students to apply for the Library Prize, which recognizes students' sophistication, originality and/or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library collections in the creation of a course project.

Data services

  • Dash - An easy, self service tool for researchers to publish their datasets.
  • Library Data Lab - The Lab provides access to data files and analytical software. Lab staff are available for consultations regarding software, data resources and data acquisitions.

Scholarly communication and copyright

  • Berkeley Open Access Policy - Passed by Academic Senate of the University of California in 2013, this policy ensures that research articles authored by faculty at the 10 Berkeley campuses will be made freely available to the public on eScholarship. UC Berkeley officially begins participating in the policy in November 2015. For more information contact your subject librarian or oapolicy@lists.berkeley.edu.
  • Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) - Financial support for faculty members, post-docs, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.
  • UC Copyright Education - A wide range of materials related to the use of copyrighted and public domain materials at the University of California. See also, Berkeley library guide on Copyright and Fair Use.
  • eScholarship - This is the California Digital Library’s open access scholarly publishing platform, providing digital publishing services to the University of California that enable departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship.

The Library welcomes suggestions for titles to consider purchasing from our faculty and instructors.

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